Welcome new Beacon intern

Jun 13, 2012
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Recent Mariner High School grad Kevin Chaney is a new intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

Expect to see a new byline in the Mukilteo Beacon this summer.

Kevin Chaney, who just graduated from Mariner High School, is interning as a general reporter for the Beacon until he goes off to college. He is the second intern for the newspaper.

Intern LaVendrick Smith will continue to report for the Beacon through the summer. He also just graduated from Mariner. He has been interning for the last year.

The Beacon offers an internship program available to Kamiak or Mariner students and recent graduates interested in journalism. Interns are provided the opportunity to report for their hometown newspaper.

Chaney, of Everett, plans to major in pharmacy and minor in journalism at either the University of Washington or Seattle Pacific University.

“I’m thinking of doing journalism and making it a hobby for me, as well,” he said.

“[I like the idea of] having the opportunity to get to learn about a lot of people and their stories, and being able to share that with everyone.

“And also getting to travel around the area and getting to learn about it more.”

He said a minor in journalism would be beneficial to his major, as pharmacists are required to write clear and precise reports, such as evaluations of new drugs.

“This internship will help with my writing skills, as well as [feed] my interest in journalism,” Chaney said.

Though he has no journalism experience, Chaney was a newspaper carrier for the Mill Creek View in seventh grade and now occasionally helps his dad deliver the Edmonds Beacon, a sister newspaper to the Mukilteo Beacon.

“Kevin’s interest in journalism and reasons for wanting to go into the field were a lot like mine when I was his age,” said Sara Bruestle, editor of the Mukilteo Beacon. “My hope is that this internship will help him decide if journalism is right for him.”

Chaney played football for the Marauders all four years of high school as a defensive end and guard. He was on the junior varsity team as a freshman, and made the varsity team after that.

“I liked playing defense more because we got to hit someone every single time and potentially cause a fumble and help our team,” he said.

His dream is to play in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers and, if he’s still around, be on the offensive line for quarterback Philip Rivers – or help find a cure for cancer.

When he isn’t at school, Chaney likes to practice his ukulele, play flag football, baseball and videogames and go on leisurely drives.

Internships are available with the Mukilteo Beacon throughout the year. For more information, contact Sara Bruestle at 425-347-5634 or mukilteoeditor@yourbeacon.net.

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